Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is a target for FC Porto, the club City signed the 25-year-old from in a record-breaking deal two years ago.
O Jogo reports in its Friday edition that the Portuguese giants want Mangala on loan, with a permanent deal unrealistic because of the price City are likely to ask. Porto hope to play on the fact, as the newspaper claims, that Pep Guardiola does not want Mangala at City and plans to replace him with new defenders. This is despite a deal for Aymeric Laporte, a left-footed centre-back like Mangala, falling through, and a report by the Daily Star that the Frenchman could yet have a future at the club.
It’s reported that both the will of Mangala to return to a club where he was so happy, and the intervention of super-agent Jorge Mendes, would be crucial to making this deal happen. The main obstacle would be his high salary of around €5 million a season, which he would have to reduce or City would have to subsidise.
New Porto head coach Nuno Espírito Santo has personally requested the signing of Mangala to club chairman Pinto da Costa, who wants to please his new appointment. Porto will try, but the Portuguese press believe a deal could be nearly impossible unless both City and the player are willing to make financial sacrifices.
France Football reported some time ago that Mangala had been offered to Valencia and Inter, but there has been no follow-up to that story. If he is to depart the Etihad, Porto’s best hope may be a lack of interest in a permanent deal, forcing City to loan him out.